LOCATION SCOUT KENYA
LOCATION SCOUT KENYA
Straddling the equator, Kenya offers reliable weather, affordable production (in the main) and stunningly diverse locations. Whilst Kenya is best known as a nature-based destination, with fantastic safari locations, wildlife and mountains, it is far more than that. The idyllic Kenya beaches – including the archipelagos off the coast – are arguably up there with the best. And the cultural immersion in the rural and urban areas, with cosmopolitan Nairobi being an example, are highlights of this amazing country. Consider a location scout Kenya to unlock the potential this country has to offer.
Air access into Kenya is regular, specifically long haul from many European, Asian and American destinations through Kenya Airlines as well as a number of other international carriers. Continental Africa is also serviced from Nairobi, the main airport, and Mombasa and Eldoret, and while demand is high over the high season, charter flights (servicing the safari industry) are readily available.
Kenya has a fairly well-established rail network, with a mixture of 1st, 2nd and 3rd class options providing affordable options to all travellers. And although rail is not the quickest (compared to the more expensive (and less romantic) option of flying, is is definitely the safest terrestrial option in Kenya.
The road network in Kenya is fairly comprehensive, but is not in the best condition once you leave the urban areas. Bear in mind, also, that sub-tropical conditions mean a lot of rain, which plays havoc on dirt roads – which makes up the bulk of the network. Remember, if you bring your own vehicle into Kenya, make sure you have the Carnet sorted out – and apply for the 3-month permit at the border post.
Many of the reputable global car hire companies are located at the airports and in the major hubs – and they offer fairly affordable vehicles, as well as more expensive 4×4 options, depending on where you are going (remember the rain and mud!). Car hire provides a degree of flexibility, and sometimes is the only option for remote locations
Taxis are more expensive, but they are definitely the safest way to travel in urban areas at night, and readily available. But be warned that most taxis are not metered, so be prepared to haggle BEFORE your ride.
There is a fairly reliable inter-city bus network that is cheap, reasonably comfortable – and quite slow! Which brings us to…….
Good Old Matatus
Like South Africa, and many African countries, Matatu taxis (minbus taxis) provide the staple form of transport for the People. They leave from designated spots, but do not be scared to flag one down wherever – they will stop!
For ease of reference, Kenya is divided into 5 regions which are the Rift Valley and associated highlands, the Lake Victoria basin, the Eastern plateau, the semi-arid and arid areas of the north and south, and the coastal region.
Most National Parks have accommodation ranging from high-end concessions through to camp grounds with basic amenities. And most Kenyan towns offer a range of hotels, bed and breakfast – and even home-stays – to suit all budgets and tastes.
Great Rift Valley – although the Great Rift Valley actually stretches over 6000km from Lebanon to Mozambique, it really comes into life in Kenya, with spectacular landscapes and lakes in the valley, providing fantastic location options.
The Great Migration – OK, it is not a location, but it truly is the greatest show on earth. Shared with Tanzania, this is now one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where over a million wildebeest move clockwise over great distances looking for new pastures.
Masai Mara – amazing because of its sheer size, the Masai Mara represents many such reserves with endless savannah plains playing host to teeming herds of plains game.
The Lakes – Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elmenteita, and many more. Formed by the Great Rift Valley. Symbolic home to flamingos, as well as plenty of other wildlife
Mount Kenya – not as high as neighboring Kilimanjaro, but equally spectacular – and more accessible. Mount Kenya is also more protected and pristine, with wonderful lakes, forests, springs, the glaciers we talk about – and an amazing wildlife.
Lamu Island – in faxt the entire Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. Stunning beaches – and best of all, no roads – you have to walk!
Nairobi – when they thought of the word ‘bustle’ they were thinking of Nairobi – distincly African, cosmopolitan and ‘bustling’….
Malindi – Mombasa is great, but catch a Matatu to Malinda – some of the best beaches you will ever experience – and the snorkelling is unforgettable. And it is hot!